Chapter 5

PUBLISHED!

To Mabel's excitement, her publishing debut, The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse, was a success.

"It happened really quickly!" Mabel says. Suddenly, she was a published author—with fans! At a book reading in Los Angeles, a lot of gay male fans were surprised to find that she was a lesbian—all the loving descriptions of clothing led them to expect a gay male author. "I was really flattered," Mabel says of their error.

To what does she attribute the book's success? "I think the lesbian world was ready for camp." She also cites the diverse yet woman-centered culture she has created in the books as a factor. It is a world that proclaims: "This world includes you! You are not the fringe!"